Mary Wollstonecraft on Reason

Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-97) was an educator and writer. She is considered the first major feminist. Inspired by Thomas Paine and his group of ‘Radicals’ she took the doctrine of inalienable human rights that was sparking a revolution in America and applied it to women. Her writings inspired women and inflamed men. She was called “a …

Charlotte Forten on Books

 Charlotte Forten was born in 1838 to a wealthy black family in Philadelphia. All her life she was a lover of books and a vociferous opponent of prejudice based on skin color. When she was twenty-two she became ill and had to give up her job as a teacher in Salem, Massachusetts. Unable to be active, …

Women & Words & Wisdom

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Letters, diaries, recipe books, novels, tweets, articles, histories, poetry, e-mails, songs… What haven’t women written over the ages? The purpose of this blog is to celebrate women’s writings, mine included. Women’s words will be selected from the gamut of literature from all times and all places. The selection process will be simple. I will not …